Apple’s legal team just won’t let up. Now comes word via AppleInsider that the company contacted eBay to ask, or shall we say ‘demand’, that the online auction site cancel any pending auctions involving what is now becoming an infamous Steve Jobs figurine.
After initially sending a cease and desist letter to MIC Gadget who came up with the toy, the action figure, so to speak, started appearing on eBay where some folks were fetching as much as $2500 for something that initially cost only $79.
A note from eBay indicated that the website had removed the listing due to a complaint received directly from Apple. It was said that the object “violates a celebrity’s right of publicity.”
“The rights owner or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the rights owner, Apple Inc., notified eBay that this listing violates intellectual property rights,” the letter reads. “When eBay receives a report of this type of violation, we remove the listing to comply with the law.”